York’s new big wheel on its way from Dublin

The Dublin wheel on its site at the Point Village, where it has been providing views over Dublin’s docklands and the River Liffey

The Dublin wheel on its site at the Point Village, where it has been providing views over Dublin’s docklands and the River Liffey

First published in News

YORK'S new big wheel will be up and running in time for Christmas – and work on putting it up is set to start within ten days.

Great City Attractions Global (GCAG) won approval from City of York Council on Thursday to site the 53-metre observation wheel in the grounds of the Royal York Hotel, after three previous attempts to find a new home for it failed.

The company's plans were given the go-ahead despite opposition from residents of the neighbouring Westgate apartments, who claimed it would be an intrusion. Tourism bosses have said the return of the wheel – which was based at the National Railway Museum until 2008 – will boost York's visitor economy.

The wheel that is to come to York is currently based in Dublin, but is now being dismantled. Great City Attractions are aiming for it to be open for business in York in the week following Saturday, December 10.

It will be allowed to operate until January 2013.

A spokesman for the operators said they were delighted with the decision.

“We are looking forward to opening the wheel for a second time in the city of York and working with tourism organisations, businesses and local communities to ensure it will be a big success for all involved,” he said.

“GCAG is currently in the process of dismantling the wheel in Dublin in order to bring it to York, and work on the York site should commence in the next seven to ten days.”

The company said construction work on the York wheel should take about a week, weather permitting.

It would have 42 pods and the capacity to carry 1,000 people an hour.

The operators had previously sought permission to locate the attraction in North Street Gardens, St George's Field car park and next to the Museum Gardens before focusing their attention on the hotel’s grounds.

York Press: The Press - Comment

Welcome return

YORK’S Big Wheel is coming back to town, and will be here in time for Christmas.

What a turn-up for the books. For a while it seemed the wheel would never return.

After planners agreed to allow it in the gardens of the Royal York Hotel for a year, the operators moved swiftly. It should be open by mid-December.

Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline.

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12:37pm Sat 26 Nov 11

arg says...

So what do we do now to stop this travesty?
So what do we do now to stop this travesty? arg
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4:01pm Sat 26 Nov 11

AnotherPointofView says...

arg wrote:
So what do we do now to stop this travesty?
Try asking the Irish Government to stop it leaving the country.

Personally, I'm happy to see it and will take a ride when it's up.
[quote][p][bold]arg[/bold] wrote: So what do we do now to stop this travesty?[/p][/quote]Try asking the Irish Government to stop it leaving the country. Personally, I'm happy to see it and will take a ride when it's up. AnotherPointofView
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5:23pm Sat 26 Nov 11

Kelvar says...

Quote "Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline."

I don't think those living opposite will widely accept it!! But I would like to ask (as I wasn't subscribing to the Press last year or whenever!) 'Why did the Wheel LEAVE it's original spot near the NRM?'
Quote "Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline." I don't think those living opposite will widely accept it!! But I would like to ask (as I wasn't subscribing to the Press last year or whenever!) 'Why did the Wheel LEAVE it's original spot near the NRM?' Kelvar
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6:46pm Sat 26 Nov 11

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Let's just get it over with...
Let's just get it over with... Garrowby Turnoff
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12:51am Sun 27 Nov 11

Happy Chappie says...

At last, common sense as prevailed over the nimby's. Lets see more of it.
At last, common sense as prevailed over the nimby's. Lets see more of it. Happy Chappie
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12:51am Sun 27 Nov 11

Happy Chappie says...

At last, common sense as prevailed over the nimby's. Lets see more of it.
At last, common sense as prevailed over the nimby's. Lets see more of it. Happy Chappie
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1:03am Sun 27 Nov 11

topumpire1 says...

Kelvar wrote:
Quote "Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline."

I don't think those living opposite will widely accept it!! But I would like to ask (as I wasn't subscribing to the Press last year or whenever!) 'Why did the Wheel LEAVE it's original spot near the NRM?'
The NRM only had the wheel for 3 years (the last administration approved it for that time). The NRM were no where near keen to have it back and GCAG were even less keener on the site for such a short lease, as getting TO the NRM involved tight bridges and turns from both directions. I am sure that this council WANT a "perminant" wheel and will be working with all parties to find the right site, That I believe IS the NRM. This site (in hotel grounds) is about as unsuitable as it can get as a long term site, I hope that everyone sees sense before "we" lose the wheel for good! As Yes, it will be good for York.
[quote][p][bold]Kelvar[/bold] wrote: Quote "Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline." I don't think those living opposite will widely accept it!! But I would like to ask (as I wasn't subscribing to the Press last year or whenever!) 'Why did the Wheel LEAVE it's original spot near the NRM?'[/p][/quote]The NRM only had the wheel for 3 years (the last administration approved it for that time). The NRM were no where near keen to have it back and GCAG were even less keener on the site for such a short lease, as getting TO the NRM involved tight bridges and turns from both directions. I am sure that this council WANT a "perminant" wheel and will be working with all parties to find the right site, That I believe IS the NRM. This site (in hotel grounds) is about as unsuitable as it can get as a long term site, I hope that everyone sees sense before "we" lose the wheel for good! As Yes, it will be good for York. topumpire1
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1:03am Sun 27 Nov 11

topumpire1 says...

Kelvar wrote:
Quote "Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline."

I don't think those living opposite will widely accept it!! But I would like to ask (as I wasn't subscribing to the Press last year or whenever!) 'Why did the Wheel LEAVE it's original spot near the NRM?'
The NRM only had the wheel for 3 years (the last administration approved it for that time). The NRM were no where near keen to have it back and GCAG were even less keener on the site for such a short lease, as getting TO the NRM involved tight bridges and turns from both directions. I am sure that this council WANT a "perminant" wheel and will be working with all parties to find the right site, That I believe IS the NRM. This site (in hotel grounds) is about as unsuitable as it can get as a long term site, I hope that everyone sees sense before "we" lose the wheel for good! As Yes, it will be good for York.
[quote][p][bold]Kelvar[/bold] wrote: Quote "Many people will be delighted. The wheel has its detractors, not least some of those living nearby. But it will be a wonderful addition to the Christmas fun, and a major tourist draw. The council is right to allow it only for a year. But who knows, by January 2013 it may be widely accepted as a welcome part of the York skyline." I don't think those living opposite will widely accept it!! But I would like to ask (as I wasn't subscribing to the Press last year or whenever!) 'Why did the Wheel LEAVE it's original spot near the NRM?'[/p][/quote]The NRM only had the wheel for 3 years (the last administration approved it for that time). The NRM were no where near keen to have it back and GCAG were even less keener on the site for such a short lease, as getting TO the NRM involved tight bridges and turns from both directions. I am sure that this council WANT a "perminant" wheel and will be working with all parties to find the right site, That I believe IS the NRM. This site (in hotel grounds) is about as unsuitable as it can get as a long term site, I hope that everyone sees sense before "we" lose the wheel for good! As Yes, it will be good for York. topumpire1
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1:04am Sun 27 Nov 11

topumpire1 says...

The NRM only had the wheel for 3 years (the last administration approved it for that time). The NRM were no where near keen to have it back and GCAG were even less keener on the site for such a short lease, as getting TO the NRM involved tight bridges and turns from both directions. I am sure that this council WANT a "perminant" wheel and will be working with all parties to find the right site, That I believe IS the NRM. This site (in hotel grounds) is about as unsuitable as it can get as a long term site, I hope that everyone sees sense before "we" lose the wheel for good! As Yes, it will be good for York.
The NRM only had the wheel for 3 years (the last administration approved it for that time). The NRM were no where near keen to have it back and GCAG were even less keener on the site for such a short lease, as getting TO the NRM involved tight bridges and turns from both directions. I am sure that this council WANT a "perminant" wheel and will be working with all parties to find the right site, That I believe IS the NRM. This site (in hotel grounds) is about as unsuitable as it can get as a long term site, I hope that everyone sees sense before "we" lose the wheel for good! As Yes, it will be good for York. topumpire1
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8:07am Sun 27 Nov 11

idlehousewife says...

it's an irish wheel then?
it's an irish wheel then? idlehousewife
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9:12am Sun 27 Nov 11

jenkil2001 says...

arg wrote:
So what do we do now to stop this travesty?
Nothing:) live with it.
[quote][p][bold]arg[/bold] wrote: So what do we do now to stop this travesty?[/p][/quote]Nothing:) live with it. jenkil2001
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9:23am Sun 27 Nov 11

ReginaldBiscuit says...

I think the wheel is a great idea. It's an Irish wheel. Be a large out if it had "Feck, Girls & ars_e equally opposed in big letters on each side.
I think the wheel is a great idea. It's an Irish wheel. Be a large out if it had "Feck, Girls & ars_e equally opposed in big letters on each side. ReginaldBiscuit
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7:26pm Sun 27 Nov 11

was york now rotherham says...

jenkil2001 wrote:
arg wrote: So what do we do now to stop this travesty?
Nothing:) live with it.
or you could just sell up and move to another part of the city where you car'nt be looked upon, or just move out of the city full stop.
[quote][p][bold]jenkil2001[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]arg[/bold] wrote: So what do we do now to stop this travesty?[/p][/quote]Nothing:) live with it.[/p][/quote]or you could just sell up and move to another part of the city where you car'nt be looked upon, or just move out of the city full stop. was york now rotherham
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10:11pm Sun 27 Nov 11

ToiletHumour says...

Meh, I quite like the wheel. =) The view from it last time was a bit rubbish, though.

Still, it makes me laugh when half the population of York finds something new to moan about.
Meh, I quite like the wheel. =) The view from it last time was a bit rubbish, though. Still, it makes me laugh when half the population of York finds something new to moan about. ToiletHumour
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12:46am Mon 28 Nov 11

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Before it was in Dublin this particular wheel was sited in Belfast for three years up to April 2010. When it was dismantled there was an outcry at its loss to the Belfast economy!

Other sites that have previously housed the wheel include Birmingham, Manchester, Seville, Dresden, and of course, York.
Before it was in Dublin this particular wheel was sited in Belfast for three years up to April 2010. When it was dismantled there was an outcry at its loss to the Belfast economy! Other sites that have previously housed the wheel include Birmingham, Manchester, Seville, Dresden, and of course, York. Garrowby Turnoff
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2:29am Mon 28 Nov 11

Magicman! says...

arg wrote:
So what do we do now to stop this travesty?
move house.

--

The wheel is a welcome addition to this city. I for one can't believe quite how quickly events have progressed, and also how quickly a wheel has been sourced so it can be up and running in a couple of weeks.
[quote][p][bold]arg[/bold] wrote: So what do we do now to stop this travesty?[/p][/quote]move house. -- The wheel is a welcome addition to this city. I for one can't believe quite how quickly events have progressed, and also how quickly a wheel has been sourced so it can be up and running in a couple of weeks. Magicman!
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9:24pm Mon 28 Nov 11

_kiff_ says...

I've just done a quick search to see what the Irish thought about "our" wheel. First of all I discovered far from bringing in tourists, hardly anybody used it:
http://www.irishtime
s.com/newspaper/irel
and/2011/1126/122430
8188413.html

and it also looks as though somebody died on it last month:
http://www.joe.ie/ne
ws-politics/current-
affairs/woman-dies-a
fter-o2-fairground-f
all-0017060-1

"Many people will be delighted"? I Don't think so
I've just done a quick search to see what the Irish thought about "our" wheel. First of all I discovered far from bringing in tourists, hardly anybody used it: http://www.irishtime s.com/newspaper/irel and/2011/1126/122430 8188413.html and it also looks as though somebody died on it last month: http://www.joe.ie/ne ws-politics/current- affairs/woman-dies-a fter-o2-fairground-f all-0017060-1 "Many people will be delighted"? I Don't think so _kiff_
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10:30pm Mon 28 Nov 11

yorkred says...

Potato
Potato yorkred
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